media literacy

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

If you’re a news junkie, you may have noticed a new online media outlet called the San Joaquin Valley Sun. The editor in chief is Alex Tavlian. He used to be a reporter for the Fresno Bee and then he became an attorney and political consultant. Now, on top of publishing The Sun, he’s also doing some campaign work for Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who is running for mayor. We spoke with Tavlian and other journalists about the ethics of covering politics while also being involved in the political process.

Alice Daniel / Valley Public Radio

Now that we’ve moved Valley Edition to Friday, it seems like a good time to introduce the news team whose award-winning features help make up the show’s content. Today in our studio, moderator Kathleen Schock talks to reporters Kerry Klein, Laura Tsutsui and Monica Velez about the process of finding and producing accurate and interesting stories.

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Fresno State

In 2018, a Gallup poll reported that 45 percent of Americans trusted mass media to report the news accurately and fairly. That’s up from an all-time low of 32 percent in 2016, but still far lower than the levels of trust in the 1990s.

Devin Nunes

A new survey released last week by the Poynter Institute suggests that Americans trust their local media more than many national news outlets. But charges of "fake news" aren't the exclusive domain of President Donald Trump. In fact, attacks on news coverage are becoming more common at the local level.